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by TimF
April 12th, 2021, 5:23 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?
Replies: 152
Views: 6364

Re: What Percentage of Your Gross Household Income is Spent on Wine?

My spend % is vastly different from my consumed %. I typically drink wines that are $9-$20. Maybe a couple times a month I go above $30. A few times a year, mostly holidays, I go over $100. My SQN and Monte Bello allocations probably costs more than all the wine I consume in a year. So I’m still in ...
by TimF
April 11th, 2021, 8:50 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17064
Views: 496275

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

My first one in years.
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by TimF
April 11th, 2021, 9:48 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2330
Views: 327676

Re: Official Costco Thread

I saw the 2016 Kirkland Barolo at the SoDo Seattle Costco on Thursday’s. And I bought a couple. $20. Picked some up yesterday, drinking it now. This is a really nice wine for the price. That was my hope! I wonder about batch/bottle variability with something like this. Having said that... The bottl...
by TimF
April 10th, 2021, 4:47 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Official Costco Thread
Replies: 2330
Views: 327676

Re: Official Costco Thread

Adam Noble wrote: April 9th, 2021, 9:36 pm I saw the 2016 Kirkland Barolo at the SoDo Seattle Costco on Thursday’s. And I bought a couple. $20.
Picked some up yesterday, drinking it now. This is a really nice wine for the price.
by TimF
April 10th, 2021, 5:05 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ceritas - Save the date 2/4/21
Replies: 131
Views: 14338

Re: Ceritas - Save the date 2/4/21

I opened a 2019 Annabelle PN last night. I was in love with the palate but the nose, oh the nose. Violets and herbs for days. This was one that I just kept smelling over and over until it was gone. This was my first Ceritas. Just wish this one had a touch more acid.
by TimF
April 8th, 2021, 8:04 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1632
Views: 98552

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

So I was way off in how to do my calculations. The Bianco recipe is: 473g water, 625g flour. So that's about 75%. newhere
by TimF
April 7th, 2021, 5:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Halcon 2018 Tasting Notes
Replies: 5
Views: 626

Re: Halcon 2018 Tasting Notes

Popped a 2018 Mourvedre tonight. I really like this wine. Lots of strawberry and white pepper. My wife was really surprised as this is very different than our normal Chinon and Barbera weekday wines. She picked up some cedar in addition to red fruit.
by TimF
April 6th, 2021, 6:35 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for an olive oil recommendation
Replies: 36
Views: 1633

Re: Looking for an olive oil recommendation

My in-laws live near the Queen Creek Olive Mill in Queen Creek, AZ. I really enjoy visiting when I’m in town. They make some good oil and many flavored oils. I like them as a novelty. You can layer them like garlic and basil on tomatoes, etc. It’s a fun place to visit if you find yourself in the eas...
by TimF
April 5th, 2021, 6:26 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 17064
Views: 496275

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

This is excellent.
by TimF
April 4th, 2021, 11:48 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1632
Views: 98552

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

1,000 pies is a lot. But I guess I make about 5 a week so that will add up.

I had pistachios on my pizza a couple weeks ago and they were fantastic. I like the experimental aspect.

Simple is usually better. My kids no longer want sauce. Usually just cheese and garlic.
by TimF
April 4th, 2021, 10:43 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1632
Views: 98552

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Why is it against the norm to reball when you remove it from the fridge? Why do you do it anyway? Does it have something to do with leoparding?
by TimF
April 4th, 2021, 5:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: It's been too long! Pizza!
Replies: 1632
Views: 98552

Re: It's been too long! Pizza!

Can someone walk me through their cold fermentations? What do you put the dough in? Do you coat with oil? Do you knead every day? How long do you take it out before making your pies?
by TimF
April 3rd, 2021, 6:18 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Hyper Decanting - Use a Blender to Aerate Wine!
Replies: 35
Views: 1581

Re: Hyper Decanting - Use a Blender to Aerate Wine!

At an offline many years ago, after several bottles were consumed, my attention was drawn to a blender on the counter. Half a bottle in the blender, on high for about five seconds and... the wine was completely ruined. It’s been over a decade so I don’t remember exactly what it tasted like but it wa...
by TimF
April 3rd, 2021, 6:05 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dilly Dog
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Re: Dilly Dog

I love pickles , and if it was a quality , all-beef hot dog I would definitely give it a try. I have never had a corn dog -only because I've never been able to find one some one that could tell me what brand is the hot dog and I believe them. We make corn dog nuggets deep fried at our tailgates as ...
by TimF
April 1st, 2021, 8:01 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2008 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche
Replies: 11
Views: 1702

Re: TN: 2008 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche

The biodynamic calendar says that 4/1 is a terrible day to open a bottle of wine.
by TimF
April 1st, 2021, 7:52 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Portland, Maine (2021)
Replies: 8
Views: 380

Re: Portland, Maine (2021)

This will be our third year in a row heading up there as my brother has a cabin in Fayette. I pretty much just eat as many lobster rolls as possible. I buy beer at Allagash and was rather impressed with Bissell Brothers last year. If you're into beer try out Novare Res. In case you're the adventurou...
by TimF
April 1st, 2021, 7:40 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Summer trip to the Mountains/West
Replies: 25
Views: 549

Re: Summer trip to the Mountains/West

We did Chicago->Tetons->Yellowstone->Devil’s Tower->Dead Wood->Rushmore/Jewel Cave/Wind Cave->Badlands in June of 2010. My son was six and daughter was four. An epic road trip lasting two weeks. We camped in Yellowstone during a snowstorm. I really love Yellowstone — by far my favorite National Par...
by TimF
April 1st, 2021, 6:07 am
Forum: Travel and Restaurants Forum
Topic: Summer trip to the Mountains/West
Replies: 25
Views: 549

Re: Summer trip to the Mountains/West

We did Chicago->Tetons->Yellowstone->Devil’s Tower->Dead Wood->Rushmore/Jewel Cave/Wind Cave->Badlands in June of 2010. My son was six and daughter was four. An epic road trip lasting two weeks. We camped in Yellowstone during a snowstorm. I really love Yellowstone — by far my favorite National Park.
by TimF
April 1st, 2021, 6:03 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: FALAFEL
Replies: 3
Views: 338

Re: FALAFEL

One thing I like to do when making falafel is use a meat grinder instead of a blender. I prefer the texture.
by TimF
March 31st, 2021, 12:21 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Dilly Dog
Replies: 6
Views: 434

Dilly Dog

I was today years old when I learned what a dilly dog is.

by TimF
March 27th, 2021, 8:19 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Cayuse Double Lucky!
Replies: 69
Views: 6351

Re: Cayuse Double Lucky!

I can’t make the zoom event so I’m not planning to open it. Will save for a later occasion.
by TimF
March 21st, 2021, 9:09 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Looking for an olive oil recommendation
Replies: 36
Views: 1633

Re: Looking for an olive oil recommendation

Olive oil is mostly like wine, the more specific you can tell where it's from, the better. It ages the opposite of wine though and you want to make sure you get something from the 2020 harvest. There is better stuff than Costco--but their stuff from California and Tuscany is a great value. Looks li...
by TimF
March 21st, 2021, 6:47 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite types of Lox/Smoked Salmon
Replies: 27
Views: 1019

Re: Favorite types of Lox/Smoked Salmon

Home cured gravlax. Easiest recipe possible. I once made gravlax for 100 people in less than an hour, plus 5 days of curing in the refrigerator. And you can adjust subtle flavors. I like lime zest in the cure. No smoke? Citrus is not a bad idea. Please share. One of my all time favorite meals is sa...
by TimF
March 20th, 2021, 8:03 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Favorite types of Lox/Smoked Salmon
Replies: 27
Views: 1019

Re: Favorite types of Lox/Smoked Salmon

I’ve had the Costco wild smoked salmon lately and really didn’t like it. I prefer making my own using Bill’s recipe.
by TimF
March 13th, 2021, 1:53 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Wine aged in mesquite
Replies: 32
Views: 1229

Re: Wine aged in mesquite

I don’t even like to smoke meat with mesquite as I find it too intense. I can’t imagine a wine aged on it. Maybe a tiny amount of chips.
by TimF
March 9th, 2021, 12:46 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5256

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

Paul Bacino wrote: March 9th, 2021, 11:29 am It gets a bit over the top, every Italian cook, has the best. and every expression is "Oh my god"
But what do I know

"x" the little kiss
This is not far from my experience eating in Italy. I might have had a couple of bad meals there.
by TimF
March 7th, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"
Replies: 35
Views: 1199

Re: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"

Put me firmly in the wine is art camp. But I think everything is art and I’d much rather have this conversation over a bottle of wine. 200 years ago performances had to be consumed live. Maybe there’s some technology in the future where a wine can be recorded and reproduced? People thought heavier t...
by TimF
March 7th, 2021, 8:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"
Replies: 35
Views: 1199

Re: Thoughts on "Wine is just a beverage"

I believe that wine is far, far beyond just a beverage. It’s tied in a very special way with the civilization of mankind. I also believe there are levels within that beverage. Drinking a Grand Cru Burgundy demands your attention in a way that a $9 bottle of Chianti doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong — I en...
by TimF
March 6th, 2021, 4:33 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely expensive wines
Replies: 151
Views: 8888

Re: Extremely expensive wines

It depends on personal values too, not that there is any absolute right or wrong set of them. I know someone who could drink La Tâche every night but who would think it immoral to do so. I admired Antony Barton very much when he used to come to TCWC's annual Bordeaux dinner. In his remarks he alway...
by TimF
March 6th, 2021, 3:15 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Extremely expensive wines
Replies: 151
Views: 8888

Re: Extremely expensive wines

I start to get uncomfortable at $250. I have pricier wines than that in my cellar. I’m not sure if I’ll ever drink them. Unfortunately the more expensive the wine the more I think about the cost and ultimately the less I actually enjoy the experience.
by TimF
March 6th, 2021, 2:53 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5256

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

So the original bolognese takes 10 minutes to cook? 🤔
by TimF
March 4th, 2021, 6:15 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge '20 Monte Bello
Replies: 49
Views: 4772

Re: Ridge '20 Monte Bello

Ethan Abraham wrote: March 4th, 2021, 4:34 am This thread reminds me that I really need to get a MB out of storage to drink! Maybe an 11 or an early look at 17...
If you pop a 17 please post a note. I’ve got a lot more newer stuff than older and would like to open one for Easter.
by TimF
March 3rd, 2021, 1:55 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge '20 Monte Bello
Replies: 49
Views: 4772

Re: Ridge '20 Monte Bello

Just saw someone on FB posted that there was so little 2018 that you won't be able to buy any at the winery. It will be interesting to see what happens to secondary market prices for 2018 and 2020.
by TimF
March 2nd, 2021, 12:22 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Growing mushrooms
Replies: 23
Views: 1442

Re: Growing mushrooms

This is the mushroom I found growing in my compost. They're very small. Based upon some Googling, it looks like a pleated inkcap mushroom.
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by TimF
March 2nd, 2021, 10:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge '20 Monte Bello
Replies: 49
Views: 4772

Re: Ridge '20 Monte Bello

I think this is my 13th or 14th year and I didn’t get an email. Wondering if allocations will be reduced for the folks that do get wine. I’m assuming there will be no winner’s curse and that they’ll only make a wine worthy of the name.
by TimF
March 2nd, 2021, 10:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ridge '20 Monte Bello
Replies: 49
Views: 4772

Re: Ridge '20 Monte Bello

How long have you folks been on the list?
by TimF
March 1st, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What bottle of wine did you open today?
Replies: 12914
Views: 533509

Re: What bottle of wine did you open today?

I opened a 2015 Béatrice et Pascal Lambert "Les Perruches" Chinon with Ooni pizza last night. After a little while of drinking and eating I said to my wife, "this is really good." She agreed. Better than your average Chinon for sure. Wish I could buy more... I opened my second a...
by TimF
March 1st, 2021, 9:11 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Growing mushrooms
Replies: 23
Views: 1442

Re: Growing mushrooms

I bought a SubPod composter last year. I didn't want my worms to die over the winter so I put a bunch of them in a large Rubbermaid container in my garage where they have been very happy for many months now. The container is getting very full so I took a bunch of the material and put it into a large...
by TimF
February 28th, 2021, 11:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Chandler/Tempe recs
Replies: 4
Views: 485

Re: Chandler/Tempe recs

Most of the places I eat when I’m out there are kid friendly so I can’t recommend much. We always get Joe’s BBQ in Gilbert. Had a very nice dinner at Steak 44 near Camelback in November 2019. One of my favorite places to go out there is Queen Creek Olive Mill to eat a pizza outside in the olive grov...
by TimF
February 27th, 2021, 8:28 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2012 Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (USA, California, Central Coast)
Replies: 6
Views: 1048

Re: TN: 2012 Sine Qua Non Syrah Stock (USA, California, Central Coast)

I opened a bottle of this tonight. Decanted a few hours before dinner. It’s a very nice wine. I was worried about noticeable alcohol flavors mentioned in some recent CT notes but I had no such issues. It seems to be in a good place and it’s a very nice wine. Unfortunately for me it doesn’t evoke muc...
by TimF
February 27th, 2021, 6:40 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?
Replies: 47
Views: 2934

Re: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?

There was an exhibit at the entrance to the Farnsworth House where someone had done a photography juxtaposition of the Glass House and Farnsworth House. I guess van der Rohe designed the Farnsworth house first which inspired Johnson to design and build the Glass House. The Farnsworth House took much...
by TimF
February 26th, 2021, 8:53 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?
Replies: 47
Views: 2934

Re: Anyone Have Any Info On Martin Zwick?

I'm glad I opened this thread. Your house is amazing! My wife and I visited the Farnsworth House last fall. It was an incredible experience. I can't imagine living in a work of art.
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by TimF
February 25th, 2021, 8:11 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: The Good Ole Days...Winebid Edition...
Replies: 64
Views: 2709

Re: The Good Ole Days...Winebid Edition...

The Cornas prices kill me. I’m a buyer at $100 but tough to go higher for me. Beautiful wines. I guess I just need to get over it.
by TimF
February 25th, 2021, 6:19 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5256

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

The episode from Rome has some lovely dishes particularly the spaghetti dish with the fresh precorino/parmesan reggiano sauce. I'm going to go back and rewatch that specifically. I'm guessing the real trick is in the quality of the pasta and cheese? I think the key is the technique by the chef of a...
by TimF
February 24th, 2021, 8:51 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5256

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

David K o l i n wrote: February 24th, 2021, 8:28 am
TimF wrote: February 24th, 2021, 7:54 am I guess he wasn't able to find it in the first season? [snort.gif]
Not in only six shows. C’mon
Ah, I was under the impression he was going to each region this season. Guess not.
by TimF
February 24th, 2021, 7:56 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5256

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

Mike DiSalvo wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 1:28 pm The episode from Rome has some lovely dishes particularly the spaghetti dish with the fresh precorino/parmesan reggiano sauce.
I'm going to go back and rewatch that specifically. I'm guessing the real trick is in the quality of the pasta and cheese?
by TimF
February 24th, 2021, 7:54 am
Forum: Epicurean Exploits - Food and Recipes
Topic: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"
Replies: 104
Views: 5256

Re: Stanley Tucci "Searching for Italy"

I guess he wasn't able to find it in the first season? [snort.gif]
by TimF
February 24th, 2021, 6:31 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: Colares disapointment (1997 MJC Colares)
Replies: 5
Views: 367

Re: TN: Colares disapointment (1997 MJC Colares)

I think I’ve only ever had one bottle of Colares. Even people I consider very knowledgeable about wine don’t know what it is. I’ve literally never seen a bottle for sale at a wine shop in the US. Anyway, it sounds like a spoiled bottle to me. Better luck on your other bottle. If it is similar I’d su...
by TimF
February 23rd, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread
Replies: 56
Views: 4146

Re: 2021 Under $15.00 Wine Thread

rsmithjr wrote: February 23rd, 2021, 2:04 pm Swanson 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon 14.99 at Costco. Second night MUCH better....
I saw that the other day and passed. Was the first night bad?

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